At least 16 soldiers have been killed in a gun attack in the West African country of Niger. Many people have been injured. The incident took place in the Tahua region on the Mali border.
Ibrahim Miko, a Tahua government official, said on television that 16 people had been killed and six wounded and one was missing in the attack. He attended the funeral of Lieutenant Maman Nameyar, the slain commander of the patrol team that was attacked.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports that clashes between Mali and Burkina Faso have been raging in the Tahura region of western Niger since 2012.
Last March, 141 people were killed in rebel attacks on the Mali border in Niger. It was the biggest attack in recent times.